One reason people love Music ID apps is their immediacy: You hold your phone up in the air, tag a song, and then you know, more or less immediately, what that song is. This is one of the most magical things our modern phones can do — but even the old, dumb phones from ten years ago could do it, by essentially leaving Shazam a voicemail and getting a text message in return.
Earlier this year, IK Multimedia launched AmpliTube Slash, an iOS guitar effects processor and recording studio based on Slash’s amps and pedals. Now it’s made a follow-up based on Jimi Hendrix. “Want to rock Hendrix’s Rig?
Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor has been working with audio firm Beats for a little while now, teasing fans with the promise that “a number of very interesting projects that will start to emerge next year… it’s probably not what you’re expecting!
The world’s leading global communication and measurement company, Nielsen, just released their newest report, State of the Media: The Social Media Report 2012. While the continued growth of social media is no surprise, there are several new trends that musicians should be aware of.
The internets are abuzz once again with news that Apple will release a new version of iTunes today, after Apple senior vice president of internet software and services Eddy Cue dropped a hint to the Wall Street Journal.
What will it be? Actually, that’s not much of a surprise, because Apple lays out its vision pretty clearly with some screenshots.
Lars Ulrich wants you know that he's cool with Sean Parker. To show it, the Metallica drummer and anti-filesharing crusader didn't just share a stage with the Napster cofounder this morning - he hugged him.
Spotify today gave an update on the year to date and announced a host of new features.
5 Million Paying Subscribers
As expected Spotify has managed to hit the 5 million paying subscriber mark which is a fantastic achievement, as is the 1 million US paying subs also announced. That translates to 1 million new paying subscribers in just 3 months. Back in May I predicted that Spotify would hit 8 million paying subscriber in May 2013. It looks like that prediction is going to be in the right ball park.
Spotify’s official active user count is now 20 million, which interestingly is much closer to the Facebook reported 24 million – those numbers have been very far apart for the last 9 months or so. Which indicates that Spotify’s marketing funnel has got bigger as its profile in the US has grown. i.e. more people are trying out the free service. (See the graphic at the bottom of the page for a summary of Spotify’s numbers).
Howdy folks, and interesting infographic detailing the competitive strengths and weaknesses of iTunes, Amazon and Google Music provided to us by the folks at Neo Mammalian Studios. It is a bit biased towards Google Music but does display some interesting facts folks. Enjoy!
Video discovery startup Plizy – which last month relaunched its iPad app and website with a new look and a mission to become a “media center in the cloud” – has announced it’s raised a $4 million Series A round from Atlas Venture. The startup has previously raised $1.2 million in angel round funding. In tandem with its latest funding round, David Marcus, President of PayPal will join Plizy’s board of directors, along with Fred Destin, partner in the technology group at Atlas Venture.
Le site de Canal+ vient de lancer, en association avec Spotify, un espace intégralement dédié à la musique. Baptisé Music, il permet d’accéder librement à l’ensemble des rendez-vous musicaux de la chaîne Canal+ sur tous les écrans, fixes ou mobiles (PC, Mac, tablette et smartphone). Il propose également d’accéder aux play-lists créées ou recommandées par les personnalités de Canal+, ou bien issues de Canal Street, Coming Next et de la short-list du «Grand Journal».
Despite recent investor concern over the financial future of Pandora and the company’s lowered expectations for the fourth quarter and fiscal year, founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren thinks his company can still compete for music...
At an event in New York City today, Spotify announced a new Discover section to help users find new music on the service, a Collection section for holding all your music, and Follow, a place to keep up to date on celebrities. Spotify CEO and Founder Daniel Ek admitted that users say Spotify is great when you know what you want to listen to, but not so good when you don't — the genesis of the company's new features. Some examples of content boxes on the new Discover page are "You listen to David Guetta and Skrillex.
You might like Avicii," and "Since you follow The Knife, we recommend Deep Cuts for your collection." Ek said, "Tiles of cover art may not mean much... We wanted to give users the context that's missing." There also appears to be a recommendation engine for showing you artists that are touring near you.
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